Firework sales start Monday but a local doctor has a word of caution

Survey says 5,000 injured during 4th last year

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - "It's not uncommon to see eye injuries and we also see local tissue injuries".

As firework season kicks-off 23ABC sat down with Kern Medical Center Doctor Faried Banimahd to discuss what it will take to keep you and your loved ones safe while enjoying this holiday season.

"When you're using fireworks always have a safe distance between you and the fireworks, safe at least probably 6-10 feet away from the fireworks that's good because most of the legal fireworks and the amount of force that's used during an explosion isn't going to affect you 6-10 feet away", Dr. Banimahd explained.

A recent survey by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said more than 5,000 people were sent to the emergency room for firework injuries during the 30 days surrounding last year's Independence holiday.

Dr. Banimahd explained why choosing legal fireworks won't only help you avoid a run-in with the law, regulated fireworks will keep your family safer during festivities.

Dr. Banimahd said, "consider the children and what you're doing and them being around the fireworks and their possible injuries they may incur".

Fireworks officially go on sale Monday at noon, for a full list of when you can buy fireworks click on the link below and the list will be on your left hand side.

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